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Guest host Denis O’Hare introduces two stories about outsiders.  A tutor finds her privileged teenage client mystifying in Kyle McCarthy’s “Ancient Rome,” read by Tavi Gevinson.  In Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s “The Thing Around Your Neck,” a young Nigerian woman comes to America for the...
Guest host Robert Sean Leonard introduces two works celebrating the 100th anniversary of the anthology The Best American Short Stories.  The first is an early classic, Sherwood Anderson’s “Brothers,” a tale of love, obsession, and compulsion read by Jane Kaczmarek.  Next, Julie Otsuka...
Guest host Jane Kaczmarek presents four works about love and friendship,   In William Goyen's "The Texas Principessa," read by Doris Roberts, a good friend leaves a stunning legacy.  Jackie Hoffman reads an excerpt about a jilted lover from David Rakoff's final work, "Love, Dishonor,...
Guest host Dennis O’Hare presents two unorthodox love stories.  British writer Jane Gardam twists Hans Christian Andersen’s tale in a saucy reboot of “The Little Mermaid.”  Her version, “The Pangs of Love,” is read by Jane Kaczmarek.  And Sharon Gless performs “Hat Trick,” by Edith...
A story by the up-and-coming writer Brit Bennett. Bennett is the real friggin’ deal: Her debut novel “The Mothers” made a splash in 2016 (soon to be a movie starring Kerry Washington), the same year she was named one of the National Book Foundation’s “5 Under 35.” She has written essays for The...